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July 2: Happy Birthday Margot Robbie and Larry David

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Our two headliners appeared on Saturday Night Live last October, when Margot Robbie was the host and Larry David was there to play Bernie Sanders for “Celebrity Family Feud: Political Edition.”  That’s musical guest The Weeknd between them.

Margot Robbie is celebrating her 27th today.  She began acting as a teenager in her native Australia, appearing in a couple of feature films before beginning a three-year run on the Aussie soap opera Neighbors, during which she received two Logie nominations (Australian Emmys).  She then moved to the US to pursue a Hollywood career.  After a regular role in the short-lived series Pan Am, she made a breakthrough in 2013 with a supporting role in the time-travel romance About Time, and as one of the main characters in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.

Robbie has been very busy in the past 2-3 years; she had seven feature films come out in 2015-16 (although that is counting a cameo in The Big Short).  They have ranged from Z is for Zachariah, a post-apocalyptic drama with an almost non-existent theatrical release, to Suicide Squad, where she joined the DC Extended Universe as Harley Quinn.  Her other roles included an apprentice con artist in Focus and Jane Porter in The Legend of Tarzan.  She has a number of additional films in the pipes, including Goodbye Christopher Robin (scheduled for October release) and the biopic I, Tonya, with Robbie as Tonya Harding.

Larry David, a 25-time Emmy nominee, is turning 70.  His start in television was as a writer and performer on ABC’s live comedy series Fridays, following which he was briefly a writer for Saturday Night Live.  In 1989 he and Jerry Seinfeld co-created a sitcom, starring and named for the latter.  Following the huge success of Seinfeld, David created a one-hour special for HBO that led to the series Curb Your Enthusiasm, which David stars in and writes the stories for (the dialogue is largely improvised by David and the other actors).  After a hiatus of several years, it is returning to HBO for a ninth season this October.

Aside from his Bernie Sanders impersonations, David has also written and starred in the play Fish in the Dark, which premiered on Broadway in February 2015.

Lindsay Lohan is our WTHH birthday honoree today; she turns 31.  Her recent projects have included making her West End debut in a production of David Mamet’s Speed-the-PlowAshley Tisdale, who is 32 today, is known to Disney Channel fans for the roles of Maddie Fitzpatrick on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Sharpay Evans in the High School Musical franchise, and the voice of Candace Flynn on Phineas and Ferb.  She has released a couple of pop albums and is an executive producer of Freeform’s Young & Hungry.  Welsh actor Owain Yeoman, who is 39, was a regular on the first six seasons of The Mentalist and plays Benedict Arnold on AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies.

Polly Holliday, who is best known for playing Flo Castleberry on Alice and its spinoff series Flo, is turning 80 today.  Wendy Schaal, who turns 63, has been in films like Innerspace and Small Soldiers, and more recently has voiced Francine Smith on America Dad!  Character actor Saul Rubinek is 69.  He played the writer W. W. Beauchamp in Unforgiven and has twice appeared as members of Richard Nixon’s staff, as Herb Klein in Nixon and Henry Kissinger in Dick.

Lauri Peters, who is 74, was a Tony nominee for playing Liesel von Trapp in the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music (she shared the nomination with the performers playing the other von Trapp children).  Her career was not lengthy but also included a guest appearance on Gunsmoke as Mayblossom Haggen, Festus’s cousin and fiancee.

Michelle Branch, a four-time Grammy nominee who won Best Pop Collaboration for “The Game of Love” (with Satana) turns 34.  She also was one half of the country duo The Wreckers with Jessica Harp.  Jenni Rivera (1969-2012) had five consecutive albums from 2007-2011 reach either #1 or #2 on the Top Latin Albums chart, with three of them reaching the top 100 on the Billboard 200.  She died in a small plane crash in December 2012.

Our sports birthdays today begin with NASCAR legend Richard Petty; “The King” is turning 80.  Petty won 200 races in his career, a NASCAR record, and won seven NASCAR championships, as well as winning the biggest single event in stock car racing, the Daytona 500, seven times.  Jose Canseco is turning 53.  During his major league baseball career, Canseco hit over 450 home runs and made six All-Star teams, was the American League MVP in 1988, and led the Oakland A’s to a World Series title a year later.  After his retirement, he was known for his admission to using performance-enhancing steroids as a player and his claims that up to 85% of all major league players did so.  Alex Morgan, one of the current stars of the US Women’s National Soccer Team, is turning 28 today.  She has scored 73 international goals for the US and led the US side to a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics and a victory in the 2015 World Cup.

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) is famous for his novels such as Demian, Siddhartha, and Der Steppenwolf, which brought him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946.  American science fiction novelist Cyril M. Kornbluth (1923-1958) is known for the novels he wrote in collaboration with Frederik Pohl, such as The Space Merchants and WolfbaneJean Craighead George (1919-2012) was a prolific author of children’s and young adult fiction, such as the novels Julie of the Wolves (a Newberry Medal winner) and My Side of the Mountain.

Ken Curtis (1916-1991) was a member of the Western vocal ensemble Sons of the Pioneers, and was part of John Ford’s stock company for a while, notably as Charlie McCorry in The Searchers.  He was best known for the role of Deputy Festus Haggen in Gunsmoke, which he played for the show’s final eleven seasons.  Director Phil Karlson (1908-1982) made a number of successful B-movies of the forties and fifties, notably noir thrillers like Kansas City Confidential and The Phenix City Story, and had a surprise box office hit in the early seventies with Walking TallBrock Peters (1927-2005) was known for playing the doomed Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird and is known to Star Trek fans for playing Admiral Cartwright in two feature films and Joseph Sisko on Deep Space NineRon Silver (1946-2009) won a Tony for David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow, while his film roles included Henry Kissinger and Alan Dershowitz.

Dave Thomas (1932-2002) was the founder and longtime CEO of Wendy’s and one of the most familiar faces in the US during the 1990s because of the over 800 commercials he appeared in for the hamburger chain.

Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) spent 25 years as an attorney for the NAACP, most famously as the counsel who argued Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the school desegregation case.  In 1967 he became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.  Medgar Evers (1925-1963) was the field secretary for the NAACP in Mississippi from 1954 until his death.  He became one of the leading martyrs of the civil rights movement when he was murdered in 1963.  The movie Ghosts of Mississippi tells of the 1994 trial where Evers’ killer was finally convicted of the crime.

If today is your birthday, congratulations on sharing your big day with these notable names.  Birthday wishes to everyone celebrating a big day today.  Come back tomorrow for more celebrity birthdays.

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Posted on July 2, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. After the full article on the 1st it was nice to have a lighter one.

    I thought Margot Robbie was very good in The Wolf of Wall Street, and her scenes in Suicide Squad were some of the ones that made that not-that-great movie at last fun to watch.

    I know Saul Rubinek mostly from Unforgiven and Dick; he is very good in both films.

    While Lauri Peters was playing in Liesel in The Sound of Music, a young actor joined the cast in the role of Rolf Gruber, Liesel’s crush in the play. The two young performers struck sparks off the stage and wound up getting married, although it only lasted about 5 years. His name—Jon Voight.

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  2. Margot Robbie, I’ve only seen her in “The Wolf of Wall Street”, but I thought she was good there.
    Larry David, I still really like “Seinfeld” (I enjoy his George Steinbrenner impression) and watched a fair amount of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.
    Lindsay Lohan, she’s fair skinned and freckled, so I like that. Since “Mean girls” it seems her career has been spinning its wheels, but at one time I believe she showed much promise as a performer. nowadays, she’s probably more known for things that have happened outside of film & television.
    Wendy Schaal, I’m most familiar with her voice work from “American Dad!”, but once I knew her name, I became aware of her physical appearances in episode of “The A-Team” and “Night Court”. I recorded the 1987 film “Munchies” in 1988, but I haven’t watched it in a long time and don’t remember her from it; maybe i’ll revisit that film sometime (it’s one of those films that rose the coattails of “Gremlins”, like “Ghoulies” and “Critters” did, but it does have Harvey Korman in a dual role).
    Saul Rubinek, he was in “Against All Odds” and the fifth death Wish film, which were both sleazier characters he played, but I remember him best as Donny from “Frasier”.
    Ron Silver, a man who I thought had a great beard (except in “Garbo Talks”, when he went clean-shaven). He was in this film with Rebecca De Mornay & Rutgar Hauer, 1992’s “Blind Side”, and he worked in many television & film projects.
    Dave Thomas, I think Wendy’s is a fantastic fast food restaurant; it’s my #1 choice for that type of dining.
    Thurgood Marshall, I learned some about him from following America’s social history. I think he had a strong name for someone in authority.

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